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4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings
17 Ratings
dstuke ,

Bob Dylan is copying Dan Bern

I first saw Dan Bern like a decade ago at Falcon Ridge Folk festival. He was invited up to do one song by Greag brown & slammed out Jerusalem & left. I was like "ummm...what was that?!" Then I bought the album and was like "That was that!". Dan's music is smart, deep and sharp. I have followed his growth and seen probably about a dozen shows- best one: some punk club in New Haven with smashed TVs and black walls- Dan gave out olives like giving communion to the crowd. Always entertaining. Wasteland is my favorite- I saw the best of my generation playing pinball.

budnjoe ,

buy jerusalem it's funny

just buy jerusalem

rank&file ,

Not to be missed

One of my absolute favorite albums of any genre. This is a rock record for the ages and a snapshot of life for so many of us who grew up in the 80's and 90's. You will find yourself listening again and again, singing along with Dan's twisted voice and lyrics. Absolutely worthy of comparison to Dylan, and in this listener's opinion, a much needed dose of non-conformity in whichever catagory you choose to place it.

About Dan Bern

With the release of his 1997 self-titled debut, Iowa native Dan Bern became the latest, following the likes of John Prine, Elliott Murphy, Steve Forbert, Loudon Wainwright III, and numerous others, to wear the "new Dylan" mantle. With an acoustic guitar, a batch of sharp, witty, insightful songs, and a delivery reminiscent of the man himself, Bern left his home in the Midwest for L.A., where he assaulted the local folk scene. He subsequently made his way to various clubs and festivals nationwide, where he garnered a great deal of notice and eventually caught the attention of Sony Records' Work Group subsidiary, with whom he inked a deal. Later in 1997, Work made available Dog Boy Van, his excellent 1996 indie release that was recorded prior to his signing with the label. The proper follow-up to Dan Bern, Fifty Eggs (produced by Ani DiFranco), was issued in March 1998 while the independent two-CD set Smartie Mine came out later the same year. No longer a resident of the Midwest, Bern settled in New Mexico in early 2002. Fleeting Days appeared the next spring. In 2004, Bern released the politically charged EP My Country II. It was followed in 2006 by the full-length Breathe. ~ Brett Hartenbach

HOMETOWN
Mount Vernon, IA
BORN
July 27, 1965

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